U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22, the Lake Allatoona Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, is celebrating 60 years of service. Since its founding Sept. 26, 1958, Flotilla 22 has protected and educated boaters throughout metro Atlanta.
Flotilla 22 teaches boating education courses, examines vessels to ensure safe operation and equipment, creates boating materials for the public, distributes and displays safe boating materials to local retailers, and partners with local agencies — including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local law enforcement — to keep recreational boating activities safe for families. The organization also participates in search and rescue missions in Lake Allatoona, saving lives and property.
During the past five years, Flotilla 22 has educated more than 500 students in safe boating practices, examined more than 4,000 vessels for safety requirements, provided safety materials during more than 3,200 visits to local retailers, staffed more than 2,400 hours at public affairs events and conducted 33 search and rescue missions on Lake Allatoona, assisting 27 people.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22 works collaboratively with its safe boating partners and the public to deliver safe boating information and practices to the recreational boating public.
In the words of Rear Adm. Peter J. Brown, commander of the 7th Coast Guard District:
“It is with the greatest pride and honor that I congratulate Flotilla 22 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and its entire membership – both past and present – on the observance of your 60th anniversary of service to the U.S. Coast Guard, the state of Georgia and our nation. Since its founding Sept. 26, 1958, Flotilla 22 has been a vital part of the U.S. Coast Guard, serving faithfully and honorably.
“Flotilla 22 has continually provided boating safety education outreach to the local maritime community and has partnered with various U.S. Coast Guard commands to accomplish our vital missions. As the U.S.Coast Guard mission profile has increased with added responsibilities, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary organization has evolved to serve the needs of our nation. The U.S. Coast Guard could not fulfill the public’s expectation for an outstanding multi-mission operational readiness without your dedicated service to our nation.
“I am tremendously grateful to serve with you and most proud of your sustained commitment to the U.S. Coast Guard. I wish you continued success as you celebrate your 60th anniversary of selfless service to the American public. SEMPER PARATUS!”
In order to ensure the public’s boating safety and security for the next 60 years, the Coast Guard Auxiliary always is looking for more members to continue its tradition of service.
For more information about Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 22, go to http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=070-02-02.
– Gregory Fonzeno, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2008.